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The Kakapo is critically endangered; as of February 2012, only 126[4] living individuals are known,[5] most of which have been given names.[6] Because of Polynesian and European colonisation and the introduction of predators such as cats, rats, ferrets, and stoats, the Kakapo was almost wiped out. Conservation efforts began in the 1890s, but they were not very successful until the implementation of the Kakapo Recovery Plan in the 1980s.